Answer: Where food is available, rats and mice will find it! They really like bird seed, corn and bread - all the things you're probably feeding the wildlife. If the infestation is severe, you might wish to contact a pest control professional as rodents can carry some serious diseases. Many gardeners report that a household pet such as a dog or cat can serve as an effective deterrent to many small animal pests, and some report success using repellant sprays. Your County Extension (323-838-8330) might also be able to offer some advice, especially if rats are particularly prevalent in your local area.
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